By compiling the very best tips, something surprising happens: seven areas of focus stand out. As we identify these areas, real-life applications and tools start to emerge that can have a lasting effect on your reading habit.
The reality is that most people would love to read more but don’t know how to include it in their day-to-day lives without sacrificing something else. By applying even a couple of these tips, you’ll be able to boost your reading time and start reading more books.
In this article, we’ll talk about:
- Adjusting your routine
- Changing your habits
- Making reading accessible
- Making reading affordable
- Reading with friends
- Mixing it up
- Embracing quitting
Ready to start achieving your reading goals? Start today with these seven easy tips.
Adjust Your Routine
By reworking your routines, you’ll find several times throughout the day that are prime for reading. A few minutes throughout the day and you can achieve your reading goals.
Start by reading in the morning when you first wake up or at night before you go to bed. Waking up or going to bed 15 minutes earlier can help you work through that to-be-read list that keeps growing. Something that can help is learning how to multitask. Read while you eat or brush your teeth. You’ll be surprised how much reading you get done by changing your daily routines.
Change Your Habits
Similar to adjusting your routine is changing your habits. The truth is we are a society that has lost the habit of reading. Instead, we’ve centralized the TV and prioritized our phones. By allowing yourself to focus on reading through changing your habits, you’ll start to appreciate books more and find yourself craving TV and social media less.
Another way to include reading with your habits is to replace your bad habits with reading habits. Instead of spending half an hour at night scrolling through social media, spend the time reading. Keeping a book by your bed will remind you of your goal, or you can use an e-reader or reading app on your phone.
Make It Accessible
One of the biggest deterrents a person might have to reading is that it isn’t as accessible as other things. If reading is difficult to do, you lose your incentive to do it. To facilitate your reading habit, focus on ways to make reading as easy as possible.
First, always have a book with you. Anytime you leave the house, grab a book and you’ll be able to occupy yourself when you have to wait somewhere. Getting an e-reader can be a big help because it’s lighter and you have more options to choose from, rather than committing to one book. Another option is using one of the many reading apps that you can access straight from your phone.
Make It Affordable
Another common deterrent for people is the cost of reading. While the activity itself is free, books or e-readers often aren’t. If you’re concerned about the expense of developing a reading habit, you have some options to keep the cost down.
To start with, get an account with your local library. You can check out physical books or you can use their library app to download electronic copies of your library loans. If you prefer physical books and want to grow your collection, shop book sales. Many libraries will have older copies of books for sale at very affordable prices.
Read With Friends
Reading with company can be a fun, interactive way to enjoy a book. While joining a book club is a great option, it’s not the only one! There are so many ways to enjoy books with friends, thanks to technology.
Jump on Instagram and find a “bookstagram” page. It will inspire you and you can follow along with what they’re reading. Many will also respond to your comments and messages. You can also set up a readathon or a reading challenge to do with other friends wanting to read more books.
Mix It Up
Getting stuck in a reading rut? Why not mix it up? If you find you’re sticking within your comfort zone of certain genres, branch out and experiment with something totally different. You might hate it, but you might find your new favorite book.
You can find new ideas you wouldn’t have thought of by turning to the “best of” lists and curated lists. Another option is turning to your friends and family for good recommendations. Since they know you, you’ll likely get a better recommendation. If you want someone to pick your next book for you, try a monthly book subscription box. It’s a fun surprise that’ll keep you on your toes.
No, don’t quit reading entirely. But don’t be afraid, to be honest about how much you don’t like a book. If the story isn’t grabbing you, if it’s stressing you out to pick it up, if your skin crawls with every page, don’t finish it instead there are 8 ways to read according to Harvard Business Reviews. Reading should be fun and forcing yourself to read a book you hate will never inspire you to read more.
Remember, take breaks when you’re reading. This can help you avoid burnout. Sometimes you get lost in a book and read for hours, but always be sure to stand up, stretch, and do something else for a while. Reading is a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time and enjoy it!
Now, you’re ready to go out and start embracing your new reading habit. As you apply these tips and tricks, you’ll find your to-be-read pile shrinking and your mind expanding.